Archive for November 13, 2011
Texas Governor and would-be presidential contender Rick Perry called Social Security a Ponzi Scheme. He likened one of the most popular and successful government programs of all time to nothing more than a Bernie Madoff scam.
Never mind that this program has literally saved millions of American retirees from indigence.
Sure, he came up with this hyperbolically erroneous comparison to trump up his book sales in preparation for his soon to be announced presidential bid. But it still deserves some sort of reply from sane folk who do not wish to see their parents, children and selves live in crippling poverty when they are too old to fend for themselves.
The Alliance for Retired Americans will picket Rick Perry’s visit to the Quad Cities on Monday, November 14th.
Waterfront Convention Center
The ARA are rallying at the Republican Party Fundraiser Banquet that is honoring former President Ronald Reagan. They are not against this function !!!! They are against the keynote speaker who is the Texas Governor Rick Perry. Governor Perry is against Social Security he has been quoted saying it is a ” ponzi scheme”. How can he honor former President Ronald Reagan who has been a supporter of Social Security?
The goal here is to get Governor Perry to see the errors of his ways on Social Security.
Well as I sit here on Tuesday a new game is being born. Who Goes First? Herman Cain? Joe Paterno? Sylvio Berlusconi? Any or all could be off the media map before this gets posted Sunday. My bet is that Cain is gone for sure.
Two days later, Paterno is gone, Berlusconi going and Cain getting more solid. Boy am I glad I don’t bet.
Al Gore Returns!
Remember a few years back when Al Gore emerged from a quiet period following the 200 selection? Gore came out with both guns blazing as he took the Bush Administration to task for its foreign policy and other things (“How dare they drag the good name of the United States through Abu Gharib?”).
Recently Mr. Gore has been working hard on the environment and Current TV. But he took some time recently to give what appears to be a humdinger of a speech on Wall Street. If we had good media, this should have at least been reported. I happened to stumble on it at the democraticunderground.com which linked this article. The article is short and well worth the read. The conclusion is excellent and gives us hope:
“We have a choice to make now,” he told the audience in closing his speech. “You are a key part of the solution. I congratulate you on what you are doing. We have everything we need to succeed, with the possible exception of political will and the will of the executive suite of some businesses, but always remember that the will to act is itself a renewable resource.”
Believe it or not, This is not the Onion
I think most of you are familiar with The Onion. The Onion is of course one of the finest satire magazines ever. Back in the 80s and 90s their off beat look at world and local events would draw huge laughs because their material was often ‘out there.’ But anymore it is becoming hard to tell actual news from something you would find in the Onion. It must be hard in the satire business when the real news is more bizarre that what you can make up, even with some medicinal help.
All that to preface the announcement the other day that the Family Research Council – a purported family centered group – awarded recognition to Joe Walsh as a “True Blue” member of congress. Walsh is the congressman who has become famous for his skipping out on $117,000 worth of child support payments and being named as one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington.
Maybe the Onion will have to go to covering space aliens to keep ahead.
Which reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s famous line – “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”
Harry Truman still quite relevant
“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. - Harry S Truman
Oh, I wonder, wonder, wonder
What ever would the 95% of the press that is owned by the right wing be saying if Barack Obama was wearing the kinds of hats that Herman Cain wears?
And……rounding the corner it’s Newt?
Willard Romney is still stuck at 77% of the Republican party not wanting him. These folks are so desperate that Newt Gingerich, with more baggage than a wagon train could carry, is getting another look. Seriously?
Maybe a mask so they can’t tell it’s you?
I will offer Willard Romney a small tip. Willard, your party really, really doesn’t like you. But you have changed positions like most people change underwear and it hasn’t helped. So maybe you should start wearing a mask? Maybe a lovable cartoon character like Charlie Brown? Or maybe a real life curmudgeon like Andy Rooney? And you could change that every day just like your policies.
Thank You, Mississippi
A relative is living in Mississippi for a while. She is of child-bearing age, so was quite concerned about the constitutional amendment on personhood being voted on this week. She and her husband were seriously concerned. Come Wednesday she was quite relieved but cautioned me that “these people won’t quit.”
Alan ….. Alan Keyes! Your party needs you!
It is almost time for you to swoop in and save the Republican Party with your amazing skills!
Carol, my wife, and I have been associated with a group named Dream Catchers in West Liberty since its inception 7 years ago. Our goal is two-fold:
1) to raise scholarship money for kids in the program which is based on poverty guidelines.
2) to mentor these kids throughout their school career to prepare them for college.
To try to fulfill goal #1 we have several events throughout the year to raise money. Friday Nov. 18 at the West Liberty Community Center, 1204 N. Calhoun/Hwy. 6 we will have our Taco Dinner. Good tacos and deserts for a reasonable price, plus some good entertainment and a silent auction. If you can make it, we would love to have you join us!
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Well, I gave some platelets Friday. Giving blood these days is so easy and relatively painless – well I do have some stories but I won’t go into them here. I figure it’s like changing the oil – out with the old, give some new better stuff a chance to grow.
So – what do you know about blood, donating blood or getting a transfusion?
1) Most everyone knows that blood is divided into types. How many types are there?
2) Which blood type is known as the universal donor?
3) The first transfusion of human blood took place in what year?
4) Early on other liquids were transfused into human beings. Which of these liquids was used during that period?
a) cow’s milk
b) clear water
c) orange juice
d) tomato juice
5) Storage of blood was made possible by the development of
a) plastic blood holders
c) faster transport methods
6) So a vampire attacks you with the objective of draining all your blood. How much can he get? (of course it’s a male vampire!)
a) 6 pints
b) 12 to 14 pints
c) 8 to 10 pints
d) 8 to 16 pints.
7) We transfuse HOW much blood a year in the US?
a) 1 million units(pints) per year
b) 30 million units/year
c) 50 million units/year
d) 15 million units/year
8) Each donation of whole blood can help how many people?
9) What time of year do blood banks experience short supply?
a) end of the school year
b) Summer and winter holidays
c) spring planting
d) fall harvest
10) How old do you have to be to give blood, anyway?
Bloody hell? You want answers? First let me put in a plug – give blood – it’s good for you.
1) a) 8 – A, AB, B and O each with a + or – factor = 8 types
2) c) O- We (yes I am one) can give to everyone but only receive from ourselves
3) d) 1818 for a post-partum hemorrhage. But it was a century plus in perfecting.
4) a) cow’s milk – really! Saline water was also used – neither successfully – also human and goat’s milk
5) b) before anti-coagulants blood needed to be transfused pretty much directly
6) c) 8 to 10 pints. Quite a bit more than a 2 liter.
7) b) 30 million units per year – that is a bunch. Donated by about 10 million donors
8) c) 3 for whole blood.
9) b) the holidays – especially Christmas – usually are short supply. Hint – guess what? They’ll be needing some soon.
10) d) 17.
I got roped into giving blood for a hemophiliac friend shortly after I turned 18. I have been giving for nigh on 44 years now. The last 15 years or so I have been giving platelets which means once a month. Proud to say that my children also donate.
It really doesn’t hurt, it takes relatively little time and you get treats (although not as good as they advertise). If you are interested contact your local blood bank. My spot is the DeGowin Blood Center at the UofIowa. 319-356-2058 if you want to set up an appointment.